INDems Announce Impressive Group of Candidates for 2023 Municipal Races


INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Democratic Party, the organization that advocates for the future of Indiana and its families and workers, is proud to announce today some of the talented and diverse candidates who are running for mayor in cities across the state. Each of these individuals bring a wealth of experience and fresh perspectives to their races and are committed to working for the betterment of their communities.

“We are thrilled to have such a dynamic group of candidates running for mayoral offices across Indiana,” said Mike Schmuhl, Chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party. “These individuals bring a unique set of skills and experiences to their races, and these leaders — among many others as well — are ready to tackle the challenges facing their cities and our state.”

Here are a few candidates that are running to make gains in mayoral offices across Indiana:

In Carmel, Miles Nelson, a small business owner and the first Democratic city councilor in city history, is running for mayor in the open seat left by the retirement of longtime Mayor Jim Brainard. Democrats have made major inroads in the Indianapolis suburb with Democratic candidates winning the city in 2022 and President Joe Biden winning the “roundabout capital of the world” in 2020.

In Evansville, Stephanie Terry, a current county councilor and executive director of the Children’s Museum of Evansville, announced her campaign for mayor. Incumbent Republican Lloyd Winnecke announced he would not seek a fourth term and has already endorsed a candidate in what will likely be a contentious primary for the Republican nomination.

In West Lafayette, West Lafayette Development Director Erin Easter is running for mayor. At her announcement, Easter was endorsed by current West Lafayette mayor John Dennis, a Republican. 

In Muncie, City Council President Jeff Robinson announced he is running against one-term incumbent Dan Ridenour. Robinson announced that his slogan would be “Putting Muncie First” and has worked with both Republicans and Democrats while on the council – even picking up Republican votes when he was elected Council President.

“These candidates represent the future of our state, and we are eager to support them in their efforts to lead their communities forward for a better Indiana. We are confident that these candidates will bring new energy and ideas to our state and help build the bench for the future of our party,” said Schmuhl.

By winning these important 2023 municipal races, Indiana Democrats aim to lay the foundation for a brighter future for all Hoosiers and establish a strong Democratic presence in more key cities across the state.


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